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As of Wednesday morning, more than $10,500 had been raised for Theia's medical bills. As of Wednesday morning, more than $10,500 had been raised for Theia's medical bills.
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On Tuesday, when we posted our story about Theia, about $500 had been raised to cover medical bills and upcoming surgeries. Less than 24 hours later, more than $10,000 in donations have come pouring in, exceeding the goal. 

Mellado originally was asking for $3,000 when she started the page in February. 

"That was the original estimate from the veterinarian," Mellado said. 

However when they took Theia down to WSU for treatment, she was told it would be much more. 

"The stent itself they said would be $3,000. And then when you factor in the surgery, recovery and medications, the hospital said we were looking at closer to $10,000," Mellado clarified. 

But whether it was $3,000 or $10,000 that was needed, Theia was going to get it. 

"I wish I could do more, but every bit helps. I have five lovely animals of my own to take care of at home. A remarkable story of survival and the will to survive by Theia. God bless all of you," one person who donated $10 wrote on the website.

"Both my husband and I read the story and were moved to help," wrote another person who donated $50. 

Donations ranged from $5 - $500, but every little bit helps and now hopefully Theia can get the medical attention she needs to live a long and happy life. 

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